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Tech Giants Call For Controls On Gov't Snooping

December 9, 2013 10:23 am | by Danica Kirka, Associated Press | News | Comments

The companies, which include Google, Facebook and Twitter, said that while they sympathize with national security concerns, recent revelations make it clear that laws should be carefully tailored to balance them against individual rights.     

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Environmentalists, Unions Seek To Fix Gas Leaks

December 9, 2013 10:18 am | by Kevin Begos, Associated Press | News | Comments

Unions and environmentalists have found one point of agreement in the bitter debate over the natural gas drilling boom: fixing leaky old pipelines that threaten public health and the environment. It's a huge national effort that could cost $82 billion. 

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Studebaker Legacy Lives 50 Years After Closing

December 9, 2013 10:12 am | by Kevin Allen, South Bend Tribune | News | Comments

Carlton wasn't even born when the last Studebaker rolled off the line in South Bend a half-century ago, and he wasn't all that interested in why the company went out of business. What he found striking was the story of how Studebaker survived here for 111 years — a remarkable lifespan in the business world.

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WhiteWave Buying Earthbound Farm For $600M

December 9, 2013 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The packaging company WhiteWave Foods is buying the organic food maker Earthbound Farm for about $600 million. Earthbound, best known for its organic packaged salads, is expected to have 2013 sales of more than $500 million. It also produces organic fruits and vegetables, frozen fruits and vegetables and dried fruits and snacks.

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Apple Wants Samsung To Pay $22M For Legal Bills

December 9, 2013 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The money sought in documents filed Thursday would be in addition to the $930 million in damages that juries decided Samsung owes Apple Inc. after hearing evidence of patent infringement in two separate trials held in a San Jose, California, federal court during the past 15 months. The latest verdict was handed down last month.

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Food-Tech Startups Aim To Replace Eggs And Chicken

December 9, 2013 10:03 am | by Terence Chea, Associated Press | News | Comments

The startup is housed in a garage-like space in San Francisco's tech-heavy South of Market neighborhood, but it isn't like most of its neighbors that develop software, websites and mobile-phone apps. Its mission is to find plant replacements for eggs.

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Electric Vehicle Makers Wait Patiently For Their Day In The Sun

December 9, 2013 9:46 am | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | Articles | Comments

Popularly referred to as the 'future' of automobile technology, the electric vehicle (EV) industry is not particularly enjoying its present. This despite the fact that in terms of savings per km, EVs have an advantage of 40 per cent over regular cars.  The government has made a lot of promises but delivered little, say the players in this segment.

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Does Your Business Need A 'Retirement Plan'?

December 9, 2013 9:23 am | by William H. Black, Jr., Pension Services, Inc. | Articles | Comments

The question I’m frequently asked is “Do I really need to consider a retirement plan for my business?”  The answer is typically “Yes”. The question arises, generally, because the owner of the business or professional practice does not want to add unnecessary overhead or increase costly unnecessary and unappreciated benefits.

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New In-Sight Software Released With Advanced Defect Detection Tools

December 9, 2013 9:14 am | by Cognex Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Cognex Corporation announced the release of In-Sight Explorer 4.9, software that offers an expanded set of inspection tools and an enhanced Cognex Connect communications suite featuring the iQ Sensor Solution network.

Portable Maintenance For Hydraulics And Pneumatics

December 9, 2013 8:58 am | by Parker Hannifin Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Parker Hannifin Corporation introduces the new SensoControl® Diagnostic Serviceman PlusTM, a robust, easy-to-use hand-held meter that provides portable maintenance and diagnostic data for hydraulics and pneumatics. 

Break-Over RF Torque Wrenches

December 9, 2013 8:50 am | by Pasternack Enterprises, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Pasternack Enterprises, Inc., a manufacturer and global supplier of RF and microwave components, announced the release of a brand new line of Preset Break-Over RF Torque Wrenches used to precisely tighten connections between components and systems.

Robotically Tended Cellular Parts Washer

December 9, 2013 8:06 am | by Cleaning Technologies Group, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Ransohoff, a division of Cleaning Technologies Group LLC, is proud to introduce its new generation Lean-Jet™ RT-18 robotically tended cellular parts washer. 

ATF: Work On Texas Explosion Case Continues

December 6, 2013 11:50 am | by Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal investigators in charge of investigating the deadly fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas say they still consider the case open, eight months after the blast killed 15 people and sent debris flying miles away.         

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Russia Fears That Some Pilots Have Fake Licenses

December 6, 2013 11:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Russian investigators said Friday that the pilot who sent a Boeing 737 into a near-vertical dive that killed all 50 people on board might have had a fake license.                          

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Smog At Extremely Hazardous Levels In Shanghai

December 6, 2013 11:45 am | by Didi Tang and Eugene Hoshiko, Associated Press | News | Comments

Shanghai authorities ordered schoolchildren indoors and halted all construction Friday as China's financial hub suffered one of its worst bouts of air pollution, bringing visibility down to a few dozen meters, delaying flights and obscuring the city's spectacular skyline.

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Crystal Sugar Expects 'Price Crisis' To Continue

December 6, 2013 11:44 am | by Dave Kolpack, Associated Press | News | Comments

The annual meeting of American Crystal Sugar Co. on Thursday highlighted the company's 40th year as a farmer-owned cooperative, but there was little cause for celebration among shareholders. Berg said at a press conference before his speech that he doesn't see the end to a price problem he attributes to excessive supplies of Mexican sugar in the U.S. market.

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Tesla Bought With Digital 'Bitcoin' Currency

December 6, 2013 11:42 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

One enterprising car buyer just bought a Tesla Model S Performance using the digital Bitcoins, an open-source currency that uses cryptography to secure and anonymize transactions between parties, from the Lamborghini Newport Beach dealership.

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Summit Pushes Chemical Manufacturing In Miss.

December 6, 2013 11:37 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mississippi should seize an opportunity to compete for energy-thirsty economic development, economist David Dismukes suggested Thursday at the Governor's Energy Summit.A Louisiana State University professor, Dismukes was hired by the Mississippi Energy Institute to look at opportunities that might arise from the U.S. boom in natural gas production.

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The World's First FLNG Project

December 6, 2013 11:30 am | by Shell | Videos | Comments

Years in the planning and now becoming a reality, the world's first Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) facility is under construction. Meet the team working on Prelude FLNG as they take you behind the scenes at this mega project.      

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Shell Scraps Plans To Build $12.5B Plant In La.

December 6, 2013 9:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The decision comes just two months after Shell selected a site for the plant. It would have created 740 jobs, according to a late-September announcement that championed the plant's location in Ascension Parish, near Baton Rouge.       

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